District Financial Comparisons
While each school district aligns its resources and budget to best meet the unique needs of their students, family and communities served, Minnesota school districts are required to use a common accounting system known as UFARS (Uniform, Financial, Accounting and Reporting Standards) in tracking revenues and expenses.
Each school district receives revenue depending on the unique needs of the students, family and communities it serves. Prior to a change to a 2013 change in how the State funds public schools, Edina Public Schools received similar operating levy dollars when compared with neighboring districts. Since 2013, many districts have sought increases in local operating levy funding. EPS is now seeking similar funding to help address ongoing funding gaps and rising costs.
The following comparisons by UFARS Program code indicate how EPS spending compares with neighboring and like districts based on data from the Minnesota Department of Education. The program dimension designates the programmatic use for which financial activity is taking place. In Minnesota, the program dimension encompasses all aspects of school district operations, including instructional, administrative and various support activities.
Overall, when looking at the different program areas of district expenses, EPS spends more than comparison districts in the areas of regular instruction and special education, is about average in spending for pupil support services and site, building & equipment, and spends less than other districts in administration, instructional support services and vocational education instruction.
Regular Instruction includes all activities dealing directly with the teaching of pupils, the interaction between teachers and pupils in the classroom and co-curricular activities at the kindergarten, elementary and secondary levels. It does not include special education instruction.
Activities providing learning experiences for pupils of any age who, because of certain atypical characteristics or conditions, have been identified as requiring, or who would benefit by, educational programs differentiated from those provided for pupils in regular or vocational instruction.
Courses and activities which develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavioral characteristics for students seeking career exploration and employability. This series pertains only to courses which are approved by the Department and operated in accordance with Minnesota Rules Chapter 3505.
Instructional support services include activities for assisting the instructional staff with the content and process of providing learning experiences for pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade (e.g. media specialists, staff development, instructional-related technology, paraprofessionals).
This includes all services provided to pupils which do not qualify as instructional services (e.g. counseling and guidance services, health services, social workers, psychologists, transportation, paraprofessionals)
This includes all costs for general administration, instructional administration and school site administration for the school district. Administrative services are defined as those provided by head administrators who are in charge of instructional or instruction-related units. This includes the school board, superintendent, principals, assistant superintendents, and directors of instructional areas.
Activities related to the acquisition (including leasing), operation, maintenance, repair, and remodeling of all physical plant, facilities, and grounds of the school district.